250+ people to receive $100 as part of Shreveport vaccine incentive program
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The City of Shreveport recently launched an incentive program to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The city held vaccination events on Aug. 7 and vaccinated more than 250 people. Clinics were held at the AB Palmer and David Raines community centers. Employees of LSU Health Shreveport administered the Pfizer vaccine to 259 people (161 at AB Palmer and 98 at David Raines).
Participants can pick up a $50 check during business hours Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Government Plaza. The second dose of the shot will be given at the same community centers on Saturday, Aug. 28. Participants will receive their second $50 check at the site where they got their first dose of the vaccine.
The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, the city says.
“It is time for all of us in this community to take COVID-19 seriously and to do all that we can to preserve the future of this city,” said Mayor Adrian Perkins. “We are experiencing an alarming trend that puts the health and safety of our residents in jeopardy, but fortunately we have the tools needed to protect those we love by getting vaccinated.”
WHO: City of Shreveport and LSU Health Shreveport
WHAT: $100 will be given to unvaccinated people who get the vaccine at one of two community events
WHERE: AB Palmer Community Center (547 E 79th St.) or David Raines Community Center (3021 W 70th St.)
WHEN: First dose - Aug. 7 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.); Second dose - Aug. 28
WHY: To increase vaccination rates in northwest Louisiana
“You’re not just helping yourself by getting vaccinated, you are also helping your community,” said Dr. Martha Whyte, public health director for Region 7. “Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way for us to move forward and get past this pandemic. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the quicker we can get back to the things we have grown accustomed to doing.”
To participate in the program, residents must show their state-issued ID and proof of residency, and be at least 12-year-old. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who can present ID and verify age.
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